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Finland to raise GPS signal jamming with Russia

Norwegian officials have hypothesised that Russia was responsible for jamming the signals, a theory that the Finnish Foreign Ministry said is credible.

Sotilasliitto Naton E-3A AWACS ilmavalvonta- ja taistelunjohtokoneita Örlandin tukikohdassa Norjassa 31. lokakuuta.
NATO E-3A AWACS air defense and combat command aircraft at the Örland Base in Norway on 31 October. Image: Niilo Simojoki / Lehtikuva

Finland is expected to launch diplomatic talks with Russia over suspected GPS signal-jamming that affected areas in northern Norway and Finland.

Finnish officials have been investigating recent suspicions of scrambled GPS signals during large-scale Nato exercises that took place in Norway at the end of October.

Norwegian officials have hypothesised that Russia was responsible for jamming the signals, a theory that the Finnish Foreign Ministry said Finland is credible.

However ministry officials said Thursday that it would not be appropriate to publicly discuss the technical details of the incident.

The ministry said that it had handed over a report on the matter to Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee and that officials will continue a probe into the case.

Finland’s position is that this kind of activity should not be allowed to pose a risk to aviation safety.

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